#OneItemAMonth 2020. Are you in?

Can you really get only #OneItemAMonth and still end up with your dream wardrobe AND also save money? I did it last year, and now it's your turn!


The pink Maje jacket was my July item

You who follow me regularly here on the blog or on Instagram probably know about my #OneItemAMonth challenge by now.

I post a lot about it, but in case you are new or have missed it here is a little recap;

In January 2019 I had enough.

I was one of those people with a massive wardrobe but never felt like I had anything to wear. I wanted to really pinpoint my own style and turn my then trend-led wardrobe into a timeless one.

So I began my journey towards a sustainable capsule wardrobe by having the biggest clothing cull of my life. I was merciless. 75% of the clothes I owned went either to fabric recycling, charity, friends, and family or on sale on Vestiaire collective.

I can’t tell you how LIBERATING it was!

(I’m going to do a post next week on exactly how to do a big clear out and how to know what to keep and what to let go of)

Can you really get only #OneItemAMonth and still end up with your dream wardrobe AND also save money? I did it last year, and now it's your turn!

I got my Golden Goose sneakers in March

I was then left with a much more manageable amount of clothes and a list of items I actually needed. Knowing myself if left to my own devices, I would have run out, list in hand and gone bananas in the shops.

To make sure I wouldn’t just fill my newly organized wardrobe right up again, I came up with a challenge. I was only to buy one single item of clothing a month for a whole year. Instead of impulse shopping on the high street as soon as a new trend swept by, I wanted to take my time and really choose my items carefully.

Instead of high-street, I focused on mid-to-high-end brands. Since I wasn’t buying lots of stuff, I had more money to invest in each and every piece of clothing.

All of a sudden I found myself being able to afford clothes that felt unattainable in the past. 

I invested in Joseph, Golden Goose, Filippa K, L’Agence, Roksanda, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Maje and even Chanel. I did my absolute best to make my monthly spend stretch as far as possible and tried to get as many designer items pre-loved as possible.

Can you really get only #OneItemAMonth and still end up with your dream wardrobe AND also save money? I did it last year, and now it's your turn!


This Filippa K maxi dress was my first purchase of the challenge

Not only did I end up with high-end quality and amazing design, I actually spent less money on clothes than the year before. Pretty awesome right?

I got the question if I was going to do the challenge again in 2020 and to be honest, I hadn’t even thought about it. For the simple reason, that it’s not a challenge for me anymore. It’s a lifestyle and I would NEVER EVER want to go back to shopping the way I did in the past.

My wardrobe now is the bomb and I see no reason why not to continue.

…and the best thing about it is that I have got a whole load of you guys to join me! I can’t tell you have excited I am about seeing what you will buy and how this challenge will change the way you shop in 2020. 

Can you really get only #OneItemAMonth and still end up with your dream wardrobe AND also save money? I did it last year, and now it's your turn!


How gorgeous is the Dolce & Gabbana bikini I got in April?

I promise you will have seen such a great transformation in your style and your wardrobe, that by the end of this year, you will be blown away by the difference. You will feel and look like a completely different person. 

I will shoutout all of you who use #OneItemAMonth on Instagram. And we will all be able to follow the hashtag to see what others have invested in this month.

If you are tired of buying clothes that you don’t seem to actually wear very much. If you don’t like your own style and never seem to be able to afford the clothes you actually want. JOIN ME! IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Can you really get only #OneItemAMonth and still end up with your dream wardrobe AND also save money? I did it last year, and now it's your turn!


My best bargain must be my pre-loved Chanel pumps for £100!

The rules are;

– You are allowed to buy 1 item every month (if this is too harsh, make it 2, as long as you have a limit).

– Socks, everyday underwear, basic t-shirts and necessities that might not be fun, but important are excluded. Only you can say what those are, so make sure to know the difference.

– Buy quality over quantity, timelessness over trends, try to invest in pre-loved if possible. Maybe have a look at sustainable brands? But above all only buy things you really LOVE!

– And last but not least, share your #OneItemAMonth with the rest of us on Instagram (or here on the blog!).

Come on, what do you have to lose? (more than a bunch of really crappy clothes you don’t need?). Join us! We will start with our big clear-out next week here on the blog, to be ready for an awesome year of really amazing style.

I will do my best to put together a monthly style guide as a bit of inspiration to what to get if you are feeling a bit lost in the beginning.

Here we go, the #OneItemAMonth 2020 challenge starts now!

8 Comments

  1. Georgia Rose

    Okay I am obsessed with this D&G bikini!! Wow!!

    Georgia Rose | http://www.justgeorgiarose.com

  2. Such a great way of thinking. I recognise myself in everything u write -huge closet, full of stuff and never anything to wear! So, I spent this whole wknd ruthlessly chucking more than 50% -putting most up for sales as it’s quite expensive stuff I’ve acquired over the years… hum… Now I just purchased a new suit from the outnet. OK, I admit, I don’t think I can do 1 piece/month. I had to get the blazer AND the pants. So this month it will be 2 pieces. But 2 or 1 is still so much better than the way I used to shop… I am really going to try this, let’s see how it works.

  3. If you already have a BOMB wardrobe, why do you still feel the need to continue shopping (even if it is “just” one item / month? ) Why not try a year ,or at least 6 months, without buying anything new this year? 🙂

    1. Hi Lina,

      It’s amazing if you can and I really think you should. For me personally, I still like a bit of rotation in my wardrobe, especially because of my job. Clothes are a big interest of mine, and it wouldn’t be sustainable for me to not buy anything. I just make sure I sell items regularly, so they get a new life in a new loving home. But I applaud you for taking it even further!

  4. I won’t buy anything this year, that’s my challenge. The perfect wardrobe doesn’t exist, so I’ll stop trying to get it!

    1. That’s a great challenge! please keep us updated!

  5. Kerstin Olausson

    Hej Tess,
    Funderar ni på att sälja er vagn? Gillar den skarpt och ser att den inte säljs i Sverige tyvärr.

    1. Hej Kerstin, vi älskar vårt egg! Jag rekommenderar den skarpt. Dock vill vi gärna ha ett till barn i framtiden, så vi behåller nog vagnen fram till dess är jag rädd. <3

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